"I recently complained that to my supervisor that our company was failing to track
and pay for overtime. Shortly after that, they fired me. What are my rights?"
Wrongful termination refers to any non-voluntary termination for an improper reason
- and there are many improper reasons. In MA, these include retaliation for certain
complaints, as well discrimination based upon race, color, religion, national origin,
sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, age, disability, pregnancy
State and federal laws protect workers from termination in retaliation for whistle-blowing
or for making legal claims against the employer. Workers are also protected from
being fired for making complaints about workplace safety, for refusing to work in
unsafe conditions or for joining with other employees to improve wages or working
conditions. Employees are also protected against termination by public policy. The following reasons for termination would likely be deemed to violate public policy:
- Complaining about or reporting illegal conduct of the employer.
- Refusing to commit an illegal act on behalf of the employer, such as perjury.
- Fulfilling jury service obligations.
- Cooperating with law enforcement.
If you feel you have been wrongfully terminated, contact us today.
This information is not a do-it-yourself guide to resolving employment disputes
or handling employment litigation. While some may find this useful for understanding
the basic issues and their legal context, it is NOT a substitute for experienced
legal counsel and does not provide legal advice. Please contact the team at Gordon Law Group to discuss your specific